Free Week 2 Prediction: Bulldogs vs Fighting Irish Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(1-0) Georgia Bulldogs vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 9th
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
NCAA Football Spread: Notre Dame -4.5
NCAA Betting Total: 53.5
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Georgia did not have too much trouble in Week 1. They put Appalachian State in their place even if they lost starting QB Jacob Eason in the process. Eason or not there is enough talent on this team to win in South Bend.
Similarly Notre Dame dispatched Tempe with ease. They pounded away at the Owls mercilessly but I think they are going to have to be more varied in their attack against a strong Georgia defense.
I think there is a lot to like about Georgia this season, even more so if Florida is not going to be much of a factor. This game is huge. Any game against Notre Dame draws a lot of attention and a win on the road against the Irish would do that and then some.
Georgia definitely has what it takes to do that. By the end of the season they are likely to have one of the best defenses in the country. They might have given up 10 points to Appalachian State but all of that came in the fourth quarter after the game was decided.
If Eason can’t go it will be highly touted Jake Fromm. He got his feet wet last week and was effective. He also has two big time backs to hand the ball too and it is not like the Notre Dame defense is a monster like some others he might see in the SEC. He just has to maintain his poise.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Irish won only four games last season and Brian Kelly is under some heat to turn things around. I do not see this group as a playoff contender but they might need to win this one to take some pressure off. The schedule is daunting as usual.
Temple has been tough the last few seasons but they did not look good last week, especially on defense. Notre Dame rushed for more than 400 yards and that kind of emphasis is not normal. They had three players rush for more than 100 yards.
Among those three was new QB Brandon Wimbush. He was not as smooth in the pocket throwing but they just might need that extra athleticism in this matchup. It will give the offense less predictability, which is a good thing.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 4-0 in Bulldogs last 4 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
- Under is 9-1 in Bulldogs last 10 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
- Bulldogs are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Fighting Irish are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
- Fighting Irish are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win.
- Fighting Irish are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
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Though I would feel better if Eason was healthier I pegged this as a spot for a Georgia win and am not going to change my mind.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Georgia +4.5
Even though the Irish might be starting their first choice lets not forget that Wimbush does not have a ton of experience. I also see a talent imbalance overall in favour of the visitors. If this one becomes a grinder, the Dawg’s seem better equipped.
They should be able to rely on their running game and the defense, especially on the road. Notre Dame is not going to beat this team by a touchdown.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Georgia 27 – Notre Dame 19
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